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Oxford
11:00 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

The Veterinary Role in Ecological Sustainability

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11:00 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

The Veterinary Role in Ecological Sustainability

Veterinary professionals operate at the human-animal-environment interface and are trusted advisors to farming clients. Despite their primary professional mandate to protect the animals ‘under their care’ and concern for sustainability issues, a focus of farm veterinary work has traditionally been directed towards the anthropocentric goals of food animal productivity and efficiency. In this session we will unpick the definitions of sustainability to arrive at an ecological paradigm that decentralises the position of humans within the earth’s ecosystem, and propose a goal of intergenerational and interspecies wellbeing. The panellists will describe how their veterinary work can support and promote such objectives for an ecological (regenerative) food future.